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You can now search for field school opportunities through the AnthroGuide database! 

 

The following is a list of field school opportunities. The American Anthropological Association does not advocate for or against these institutions, but merely supplies information. Contact Lauryl Zenobi, AAA's AnthroGuide coordinator to discuss options for promoting your school.

 

Boyd Archaeological Field School, Ontario, Canada (July 14-30). Explore the archaeology of Southern Ontario at our unique summer field school! Excavate at a Late Woodland archaeological site and earn a Grade 12 Interdisciplinary Studies University Prep Course Credit (IDC4U). Students will receive instruction in: archaeological fieldwork techniques, flintknapping and other ancient technologies, classroom sessions as well as indigenous perspectives from First Nations’ educators. For more information contact amissio@trca.on.ca

Sa Cudia Cremada Field School, Menorca, Spain (two field seasons in September, 2017). The field school offers international summer courses on archaeological practice in an Iron Age sanctuary, known as taula enclosure, where students learn about different aspects of the archaeological science through fieldwork, workshops, field trips, laboratory tasks and lectures. For more information contact sacudidafieldschool@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page

Swan Point Field School (May 15th- June 17, 2017). Learn to excavate, document, and interpret at Swan point, the oldest site in Alaska with occupations dating to 14,300 calBP - 1900 AD. Participants will learn state of the art archaeological techniques including total station mapping in the Alaskan wilderness. The field school is cost is $3134.00 and students will need transportation to Fairbanks, AK. Contact Ben Potter (bapotter@alaska.edu) or Gerad Smith (gmsmith2@alaska.edu).   

The Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School, (June 3 - July 30 2017), located on a small Mexican Caribbean island off the coast of Cancun, trains students not only in ethnographic methods and research, but also research proposal development and final conference and publication paper writing. Students conduct independent research focused on their personal and professional interests (Medical Anthropology, Environmental, Economic, Education, etc) and can participate in either the 8 week long Advanced Methods session or the 3 week long Methods Practicum. Contact director Dr. Todd Pierce for info: Info@AnthroFieldSchool.com 

Florence Field School for Urban Ethnography (July 3- July 26). A unique opportunity to learn ethnographic research methods onsite in one of the world’s oldest urban centers! This course covers ethnographic sampling, how to take and use fieldnotes, participant-observation, ethnographic interviewing, and social science approaches to qualitative and quantitative data. For more information contact Prof Zachary Androus

The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is hosting a 3-week underwater archaeology field school (May 21, 2017 - June 10, 2017). We will be exploring an unidentified wreck in Basin Harbor in Vergennes, VT, that stretches over 80 feet long. Students must be SCUBA-certified by an accredited assocation (PADI, NAUI, SSI, etc); dive insurance; and current CPR and First Aid certifications; personal dive gear. Housing and university credit options are available. Submit completed application and medical forms to Allyson Ropp.

Archaeological Adventure in Blanc-Sablon offers a complete archaeological experience where you can take part in excavations at the Blanc-Sablon National Historic Site of Canada, with evidence of human occupation for more than 8,000 years. Under the supervision of archaeologists, explore the exceptional beauty of this site located between the Brador Hills and the St. Lawrence River, where you can watch whales, seals and icebergs during the summer. The site excavated in july 2017 shows evidence of some of the earliest Native American - European contact in North America, just after the arrival of John Cabot in Newfoundland in 1497. For more information contact François Guindon at fg@archeo-mamu.com 

The Pan de Azucár Archaeological Project (Session 1: June 3-July 2, 2017, Session 2: July 1-July 30, 2017) is accepting applicants who will learn how to participate in the archaeological excavation of Casma civic structures and mortuary contexts in the Nepeña Valley, Peru. Aside from learning field skills, students will also gain experience in skeletal and ceramic analysis. Additionally, we will be going on weekend field trips to learn about the history of the Nepeña Valley and the north coast of Peru. University credit is available. For more information please visit the website and/or contact jrhurtubise@crimson.ua.edu
 
The UCONN Battlefield and Contact Period Archaeological Field School (May 22 - June 30, 2017) will include training in standard archaeological field survey and excavation, artifact conservation, cataloging, identification and analysis of 17th century material culture, archaeobotany, radiography (X-ray), and analysis of primary sources.  Training will also be provided in research and field methods specific to battlefield archaeology including use of military terrain models, metal detecting survey, and GPS/GIS applications.  The field school provides a unique opportunity for students to work on a nationally significant collaborative research project alongside tribal members, archaeologists, and military historians.  For more information, please contact Dr. Kevin McBride at kevin.mcbride@uconn.edu.

Colonial Williamsburg Archaeological Field School (Session 1: May 30–June 30, 2017, Session 2: July 3–August 4, 2017). Students will learn excavation techniques and recording, as well as the identification of common eighteenth-century artifacts. They will be introduced to archaeology's specialties, including Conservation, Public Archaeology, and Zooarchaeology, through lectures and required reading. Participants can register for the program through the College of William and Mary website. For more program details, please email Mark Kostro at mkostro@cwf.org.

We Dig the Castle 2017 - Nottingham Castle's (England) annual training excavation and field school returns for 2017 on 17 July – 18 August. The program offers a variety of courses in archaeological field skills, ranging from a 1 or 2 day taster to a 1-5 week study place. A changing daily program of induction, skills tutorials, task-based workshops, and excavation allows trainees to develop and practice skills in a variety of areas, and to chart how their abilities have developed. For more information, visit the website here.

The British Institute in Eastern Africa is accepting applications to its three-week 2017 Summer School in Kenya. The Summer School targets graduate students from the humanities and social sciences, with the aim to provide advanced practical and field-based training in research methods. Students will spend ten days in the field putting into practice various research methods. For more information contact summerschool@biea.ac.uk or cynthia.olouasa@biea.ac.uk. 

The Yama Project through Olympic College is designed to teach students the methods, techniques, and theories of applied archaeology. Over the eight week summer quarter, students will develop the skills of survey, excavation, laboratory analysis, historical and document research, public outreach, community involvement, and publication. Please contact Floyd Aranyosi for further information.

Fieldwork Opportunities with DigVentures. DigVentures is an innovative social enterprise committed to developing and delivering collaborative archaeology projects. Our projects are open to anyone, regardless of experience or whether you are enrolled as a university students. You can view current projects on DigVentures calendar

UMass Amherst Bioarchaeology & Forensic Anthropology Field School (May 22 to June 30, 2017). This  course introduces students to the role of the biological anthropologist, archaeologist, and forensic scientist in the excavation of human remains. Students will learn field and laboratory techniques by excavating a pseudo-crime scene and pseudo-archaeological burial. In addition, students will learn how professionals work in the field, examine ethical issues and guidelines, and explore questions of what constitutes violence and how we recognize evidence of violence on human remains and material objects. For more information contact bioarch@umass.edu.

Barrios of the Mega Ciudad: JJC Urban Field School, July 23—August 17, 2017 (tentative). This CUNY John Jay field school gives students a chance to write ethnographies and first hand texts that draw on the rich cultural variation of local, national, and international Mexicanidad, and in the process, refine the valuable skills of observation, research, and interpretation. For more information on JJ Study Abroad opportunities, contact Director Ken Yanes. Scholarships opportunities are available. 

The Lincoln Archaeological Field School (19 June to 15 July) is open to all students taking history, archaeology, anthropology or related degree programs.  This summer, the Field School will continue its investigation of the medieval settlement and landscape of Harpswell, located about 12 miles north of the historical city of Lincoln, England. Application deadline is 31st May. For more info visit www.diglincoln.com or contact Dr Duncan Wright on duncan.wrigth@bishopg.ac.uk 

The Institute of Technology Sligo’s Archaeological Summer School is a 4 week (May 15 -Jun 9, 2017) program that introduces students to the prehistoric and medieval archaeology of Ireland. Students will assist in excavation of the Medieval (13th to 17th century) Castle at Moygara, and participate in lectures and field trips. To apply visit the website

Gratiot's Grove Archaeological Field School. This field school will excavate at Gratiot's Grove, the center of a vibrant 19th century multi-ethnic mining community located near Shullsburg, Wisconsin. Students will learn more about the lives of miners, settlers and native communities living at or near Gratiot's Grove via archaeological and archival research. For more information please contact Dr. Guido Pezzarossi. Application deadline is March 15.

The Boise State University Online Design Ethnography Certificate helps prepare students for emerging careers in qualitative research and user experience research. The certificate facilitates hands-on experiences and applications of ethnographic methods in online classes offered every 8 weeks, with capstone project. Flexible options with single classes or intensive semester immersed in all courses. For more information see site or contact Dr. Kendall House or GA for the certificate.

Messors Cultural Heritage Workshops offer participants week-long field work opportunities across a range of disciplines. 2017 workshops include:  Culinary & Shepherding June 1-8, exploring the connection between food, culture, and landscape. Art Restoration Workshop Fresco & Canvas, June 13 -28.  Fornello Sustainable Preservation Project, July 3 - 14 and July 19 -30. 

Western Illinois University (WIU) Archaeological Field School, June 5 - July 2, 2017, will focus on survey and excavations at the Orendorf and Rice Lake Terrace prehistoric archaeological sites along the Illinois River in Fulton County, Illinois. Field school students will enjoy this rare opportunity to participate in the excavation of such an unusual, multi-component site. For more information contact Dr. Andrea Alveshere

Achill Archaeological Field School is Ireland’s oldest field school, and is based on Achill Island on the west coast of Ireland. We offer six, four, and two week residential courses in archaeological excavation and surveying. In 2017 we will run two projects, the first on an early 19th century communal village, and the second on a Middle Bronze Age roundhouse. 

Heidelberg University Johnson's Island Civil War Prison Field School, June 5 to July 7, 2017. During the five week session students will gain archaeological excavation experience as well as learn about the U.S. Civil War and the prison system. For more information contact Dr. David Bush or visit the field school website.

Pizzo Archaeology Field School 2017 in Sicily is open to graduate and undergraduate students. Participants will learn excavation techniques as well as pottery analysis. For more information contact infogenesisciminna@libero.it

Smiths Island Archaeology Field School, Bermuda, July 9 - August 5, 2017. Students will learn about the early Modern Atlantic World and learn all aspects of fieldwork, including excavation methods, artifact identification, documentary research, mapping, photography, and 3D digital modeling. Visit the field school blog for more information.

The Comitas Institute for Anthropological Study Summer Field School in Ethnographic Methods in New York City - June 12 to 22, 2017, offers students training in the foundations and practice of ethnographic methods. For more information or to register, see http://cifas.us/field-school/, or write to Renzo Taddei at rrt20@columbia.edu

Slavia Field School in Mortuary Archaeology, Poland, June 26 - July 19, 2017. This Ohio State University course will continue exhumation of Site Gz10, an 11th century AD (early Medieval) cemetery with Christian mortuary characteristics. Students will learn archaeological fieldwork and human burial excavation techniques, and receive training in human osteology and conservation methods. For more information email fieldwork@slavia.org or contact course director Amanda Agnew.

Coastal Ecuador Archaeology, The Florida Atlantic University archaeological field program in Ecuador. The program provides intensive and comprehensive training in archaeological field methods and interpretation as well as a module on human remains. Program runs June 24 – August 6, 2017. Please contact Valentina Martinez for more information. 

The Coastal Ecuador Ethnography course provides students with an opportunity to carry out ethnographic research on village life in a coastal Ecuadorian village. Students are encouraged to choose topics that are meaningful to the local community and its efforts and development goals. Program runs June 24 – August 6, 2017. For more information contact Michael Harris

Flinders University's Conservation Practicum in Adelaide, Australia is a one week intensive (September 18-29, 2017) session that trains students in maritime archaeology conservation practices. For more information, email Dr. Wendy van Duivenvoorde.

Flinders University is offering an Introductory Archaeological Geophysics session September 18-29, 2017 for students interested in the application of ground penetrating radar, resistivity, and other tools used in archaeological geophysics and archaeometry. For more information contact Dr. Ian Moffet

Human Osteology Laboratory Intensive at Flinders University provides students with a detailed introduction to the human skeleton. The program runs from 30 October- 3 November, 2017. For more information email Donald.Pate@flinders.edu.au

Huari-Ancash Bio-Archaeological Research Project Field School 2017 aims to learn of the lifestyle of the prehispanic population in Peru Highlands. The project revolves around funeral aspects and ancestral cults, and is supported by Instituto de Estudios Huarinos under direction of Bebel Ibarra Asencios, Researcher of Department of Anthropology at Tulane University.

The Balkan Heritage Field School promotes practical education in the field of archeology, history and art history of South-Eastern Europe. For more information about field school opportunities, email bhfs.admissions@gmail.com.

Fieldschool for Ethnographic Sensibility
University of Alberta offers a Fieldschool for Ethnographic Sensibility in Belgrade, Serbia from May 29 – July 7, 2017. The Fieldschool is aimed at anthropologists who want to develop their ethnographic sensibility with the particular focus on non-verbal, embodied patterns of everyday life, artists who want to explore the convergences between ethnographic and artistic training, and designers, architects, urban-planners and others interested in engaging with their practice in a culturally sensitive way. For more information contact Marko Zivkovic, zivkovic@ualberta.ca.

Aditu Mortuary Archaeological Field School is a three week course spent excavating the Medieval sanctuary of San Miguel in Excelsis is located in Western Navarre, in the municipality of Uharte-Arakil. Students will learn about skeletal anatomy, mortuary excavation practices, and the regional archaeology. For further information and enquiries send an email to Aditu Archaeology at fieldschool@aditu.info

Caherconnell Archaeology Field School provides unforgettable archaeological experiences within the unique Burren region in Western Ireland, in partnership with the National University of Ireland in Galway.

OSEA — The Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology (since 2004) offers ethnography field school for undergraduates, graduate students and post-degree non-students.  OSEA offers Four and Six Week summer programs and an Intensive Maya Language Immersion program (FLAS eligible). Please contact Prof. Quetzil Castañeda for more information quetzil@osea-cite.org. Visit our website for information and our Facebook page for photos, student research, videos and current news.

The Institute for Field Research (IFR) offers dozens of archaeology field schools across the world.  IFR field schools are intensive research-based programs, where students are part of research projects.  IFR field schools are annually peer-reviewed by leading scholars in the field.

The Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology Offered through the National University of Ireland, Galway, this is the only archaeological field school singularly focused on Ireland's prehistory.

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Center for American Archaeology Offers variety of programs for all ages.

Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History   offers four weeks of intensive training in seminars and hands-on workshops at the museum and at an off-site collections facility. Students are introduced to the scope of collections and their potential as data.  Students become acquainted with strategies for navigating museum systems, learn to select methods to examine and analyze museum specimens, and consider a range of theoretical issues that collections-based research may address. 

The School for Field Studies (SFS)  Provider of environmental field study abroad programs for American undergraduate students in Australia, Bhutan, Costa Rica, Kenya, Mexico, Tanzania and Turks & Caicos Islands.

Disclaimer: The America Anthropological Association does not advocate for or against these institutions, but merely supplies information.



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